"Possession", the brand new studio album from the Polish female-fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, is scheduled for release on December 13 via AFM Records as a CD, limited-edition LP and as a digital download. The cover artwork was painted by Michal Oracz — who is the most famous Polish author of RPG and board games (including the bestseller Neuroshima) — and includes many impressive details which will be noticed by fans after listening to the album.
On November 29, CRYSTAL VIPER will release a video for the track "Prophet Of The End".
"This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote; I sometimes think it's even best song I ever composed," says CRYSTAL VIPER vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel.
"We decided to film video clip for it, as it's different than everything CRYSTAL VIPER did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we, of course, deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn't say last word as a band yet.
"While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from 'Paranormal Activity' movies, or from the 'Fourth Kind' with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album.
"We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company. I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool."
Several pictures from the "Prophet Of The End" video shoot can be seen here.
"Possession" track listing:
01. Zeta Reticuli
02. Voices In My Head
03. Julia Is Possessed
04. Fight Evil With Evil
05. Mark Of The Horned One
06. Why Can't You Listen?
07. You Will Die You Will Burn
08. We Are Many
09. Prophet Of The End
The CD version of "Possession" will include a cover version of the RIOT classic "Thundersteel" as the bonus track, and the LP version will include new, alternate version of "Night Prowler" — song taken from the first CRYSTAL VIPER album, "The Curse Of Crystal Viper" (originally released in 2007).
On "Possession" — which was once again produced by Bart Gabriel (SACRED STEEL, SABATON, BURNING STARR, MORTICIAN) — CRYSTAL VIPER decided to expand its sound beyond traditional heavy metal, and while there are still fast and melodic songs that are reminiscent of such classic bands as JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBATH (with Ronnie James Dio) and JAG PANZER, the epic and dark parts invite comparisons to the likes of CANDLEMASS, MERCYFUL FATE and even BATHORY.
CRYSTAL VIPER again invited members of other bands to guest on "Possession": the song "Fight Evil With Evil" features the legendary American singer Harry Conklin (JAG PANZER, TITAN FORCE, SATAN'S HOST), while "Julia Is Possessed" contains the growling voice of Sataniac, vocalist of the German black/thrash metal act DESASTER. In addition, one of the tracks features more than 50 CRYSTAL VIPER fans who were invited via band's official Facebook page to "scream" on the new album.